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					“The Same Shall Drink”
Sabbath May 27, 2006 Victory Seventh Day Adventist Church

The most fearful warning in all of the Bible is for this, the last generation on earth, and it is found in the third angels message, Revelation 14:9-11 Shall we read it together, “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” We will consider what is in this warning message but first, Shall we pray…. “And the third angel followed them…” The angel is symbolic of God’s people proclaiming a message. “…saying with a loud voice,…” The loud voice indicates that the message is important in scope and will be proclaimed to all people. “If any man worship the beast and his image,…” Any man is not gender specific but is a generic term and is all inclusive of all people. We know the beast is the first beast of Revelation 13:1-10 and that is? The Papacy. His image is the second beast of Revelation 13, the one who causes all to worship the first beast and that of course is? Apostate, Protestant America. “…and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,…” The mark of course is? Sunday worship. In the forehead pertains to where one thinks and beliefs are established, the frontal lobes. In the hand would be those who don’t necessarily believe in the Sunday law, but for the sake of expediency and the fact that there is punishment involved, they go along with it. “The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,…” Those who drank the wine or false doctrines of Babylon will drink God’s wrath which is the seven last plagues. “…which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation;…” God’s grace and God’s mercy is completely removed from the lost. He does not any longer give ear to their prayers nor will He be moved with compassion for their suffering. His indignation is His anger. “…and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels,
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and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Oh with a message of warning like this, how can anyone keep silent? Only a spiritually blind person would be unaware of the seemingly endless assault that Satan has made and continues to make on the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In Revelation 12:17 God has clearly warned that the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make WAR with the remnant of her seed…” For me, be sober and be vigilant has taken on new meaning, when we look at all the attacks, while the majority of the church sleeps. Ministers are being trained to hypnotize congregations with NLP, as more and more complete their training at Andrews, the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola are increasingly being taught under the guise of Spiritual Formation, Hegelian dialectical praxis is being used to get historic Adventists to swallow the new theologies. Books of a new order are replacing the Spirit of Prophecy and are being used to fashion worship after the churches of Babylon. Music which has no place in a sanctuary dedicated to the Lord has become commonplace in many of our nominal churches here in this country and now around the world. Schools exist where you can go and be trained in puppet ministry, being a gospel clown, gospel mime or gospel magician. I know this because I get their advertisements to come and learn these things. Our conferences send their pastors to learn the ways of Willowbrook and Saddleback. Our schools encourage intramural and inter-collegiate sports. Students on the sidewalks of our colleges and universities have no visible difference in their dress, hair styles and ornamentation than do their secular counterparts. Wearing tattoos and exposing the flesh in a shameless fashion is seen all too often. Pregnancies and abortions are no less common than schools of the world and Adventist hospitals are all to accommodating for their requests to terminate life. The goals of most Adventist students attending schools of higher learning is to reap all that this world has to offer with no thought given, to spreading the three angels messages to a perishing world, whose probation is about to conclude.
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The final message of warning entrusted to God’s remnant church has been shelved. It’s as if the leadership at all levels has been mesmerized by the agents of Satan, that they now are associates in the abolition of this commission to God’s people. In all the regions of the world, older pastors once faithful to giving the messages of the three angels are being told to stop. The younger graduates of seminary, sporting their golden wedding bands, preach the messages that have no vitality for the spiritually starved in their congregations. And those who object to the lowering of standards, and the proclamation of the new theologies, are branded as troublemakers and faultfinders. If they cannot be re-programmed, they are disfellowshipped causing depression and despair leading some to give up on their faith altogether. And this is thought to be a mighty reformation movement. Emotionalism and warm fuzzy feelings give rise to the Pentecostal style of worship, causing outward displays which give rise to the inward impressions that are mistakenly believed to be the presence of the Holy Spirit. Two weeks ago I mentioned that there was a time that the official logo of the Seventh-day Adventist church was the world with three angels flying around it. That has been scrapped in favor of an open Bible with a cross and a flame. In itself that is not bad, however, it is a logo that is ecumenical and could be used by any Christian denomination, as you see it is neither distinct nor is it controversial. It is therefore, one further evidence that the church at the top is distancing itself from our unique three angel’s messages. On the Victory church web site you will find not only a globe with the three angels, but it includes the fourth angel of Revelation 18. We can thank Joe Olson at Hope International for giving us whole hearted approval to use their logo. I ask where are the watchman on the walls of Zion? I can report that not all have bowed their knee to Baal. There are still a significant minority of leaders and pastors who continue to uphold our standards and historic beliefs. But their numbers continue to decrease every year. I solicit your prayers on behalf of these weary warriors who do not yield to pressure or threat. Listen to this from the Testimony of Jesus. 1 SM 204,205 “The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization.
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Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure. Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth? I hesitated and delayed about the sending out of that which the Spirit of the Lord impelled me to write. I did not want to be compelled to present the misleading influence of these sophistries. But in the providence of God, the errors that have been coming in must be met.” {1SM 205.2} Keep your spiritual antennae up as I read this from 6T page 60-61, “We are in danger of giving the third angel's message in so indefinite a manner that it does not impress the people. So many other interests are brought in that the very message which should be proclaimed with power becomes tame and voiceless… Our message is a life-and-death message, and we must let it appear as it is, the great power of God. We are to present it in all its telling force. Then the Lord will make it effectual.” And this is the problem. We look back at ancient Israel and we wonder what was wrong with those people? But here we are, Spiritual Israel, God’s remnant people, entrusted with the most powerful warning message ever, and what are we doing? We seem to have settled into a comfort zone that we don’t want to really exchange, for what is truly required of us. We are so diverted from our commission that we look around us and see that everyone else is in the same rut. So we assume we must be okay. Listen, I’m talking to me too so don’t think I excuse my own inaction.
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We say things like, “I don’t need a crown. I just want to make it to heaven. I don’t need a mansion, just give me a space in a corner of the New Jerusalem and I’ll be happy.” But I ask you this, can we seriously look at what we’ve done in the last 12 months, or even the last three years and expect Jesus to say, “Well done good and faithful servant?” How many people have we personally had a hand in bringing into the church this year or last year? Why haven’t each of us brought one soul, only one, into the ark of safety, in the last 12 months? If all had, we would have doubled in membership with that feeble effort. How many Bible studies are we giving to non-SDA’s a week. Is there even one in a month? If Jesus inspected us today, have we borne fruit, or will there be nothing but leaves. If we truly believe the three angel’s messages and all the associated Bible doctrines that are at odds with the Sunday-keeping churches of modern Babylon, why are we not sharing these eternally life saving truths? “…If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, …” Let me repeat the testimony of Jesus, “We are in danger of giving the third angel's message in so indefinite a manner that it does not impress the people. So many other interests are brought in that the very message which should be proclaimed with power becomes tame and voiceless…” Tame? The dictionary says not lively or forceful; dull; subdued. And what is subdued? It means to bring under control. And who has our powerful message been brought under the control of? Satan and his fingerprints are all over what has been happening with Laodicea. Voiceless? What does that mean? The dictionary says MUTE. Why with a message filled with extraordinary power do we find ourselves muted, voiceless? Why have we hidden such powerful light under a bushel? Have we decided that rejection is just too painful? That we prefer to be liked? Did Jesus give us such an example to follow? Or did He say in Matthew, 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach….” Did He not tell us in verse 20 what to teach? “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: …” To observe what? All things. Does that include the three angel’s messages; the Sabbath; the health message? In John 15:18,19, the comforting words of Jesus are, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of
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the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” If we are mute because we fear rejection and want to be liked, we can take temporary comfort in the fact that the world won’t hate us, but also we must understand that the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant…” will be the words that we can never hear. How can the effort required of the remnant cause the remnant to be ashamed for the task? “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God…” What is the wrath of God? It’s the seven last plagues. We need to take our head out of the sand and realize that that relative or that friend or that acquaintance will soon face the wrath of God if we sit on the bushel that hides the light. Do we really dislike our loved ones that much? There will be tears of sorrow in the New Jerusalem when it is discovered who that we knew was not there; that they will be ultimately destroyed in the lake of fire. It will be then that we will examine ourselves as to whether we did all that we possibly could have done. Did they reject the message, or did I fear rejection and stay muted? Brothers and sisters, Jesus through the agency of the Holy Spirit drew each of us into this marvelous message to meet each Sabbath and worship Him yes, but He also gave us six working days to provide for our families yes, but also to proclaim these messages. And we are not alone for His promise in John 15 verse 20 is, “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” The testimony of Jesus goes on to say, “Our message is a life-anddeath message, and we must let it appear as it is, the great power of God. We are to present it in all its telling force. Then the Lord will make it effectual.” 6T page 61 We all want to do some great work for God. He doesn’t say we need to win one hundred souls to Jesus. But He wants us to pray that God would lead us to that one soul that is hungering and thirsting for righteousness. He will put that person in our path and we can lead that person step by step, study by study and I guarantee you as you see that person growing that there is no greater experience in this life. Tears of joy will stream from your face when that redeemed soul enters the watery grave of Baptism. We are all called to share in the joy of soul winning. If your crown has but one star, you will have the eternal gratitude of that one soul who will never cease to know, that because you cared and because you shared,
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they will always be able to throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity, praise their God and their Savior. Yes we are commissioned to give the three angel’s messages of Revelation 14:6-11. It is the commission to the remnant, the remnant so described in verse 12, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” “…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” Shall we pray…

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